The origins of the Orwel name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Orwell in Cambridgeshire
, in Orwell Haven in Suffolk
, or in the lands of Orwell in the Scottish county of Kinross. The surname Orwel belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Orwel family
The surname Orwel was first found in Cambridgeshire
at Orwell which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ordeuuelle. The place name literally means "spring by a pointed hill," from the Old English words ord + wella. The River Orwell in Suffolk
dates back to the 11th century when it was listed as Arewan and later as Orewell in 1341. This ancient Celtic river-name means simply "stream" having derived from the Old English word "wella." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today Orwell, Cambridgeshire
has a population of about 1,080 people and the Roman road still runs to Cambridge runs alongside the village. St Andrew's Church dates back to about 1150 A.D.
Early History of the Orwel family
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Orwel Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Orwel were recorded, including Orwell, Orwill, Orvell and others.
Early Notables of the Orwel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orwel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Orwel family emigrate to North America: Catherine Orwell and her husband were banished to Jamaica in 1685.